Taking note of the profuse apologies from the authorities conveyed through state counsel, a bench of Justice Abhinand Kumar Shavili and Justice Namavarapu Rajeswara Rao directed the university and the National Medical Commission to allot a seat in PG dermatology course under management quota (MQ-I) to a student, who lost an opportunity to avail the seat in a college of her choice due to the seat-blocking scam.
The modus operandi of the scam is simple. Some students, who had already secured seats under MQ-I and convenor quotas, would be allowed to participate in the subsequent rounds of counselling in an unlawful manner. They spoil the chances of other eligible persons by blocking seats.
Later, they would not join and the seats blocked by them would be sold by managements of private medical colleges between 2 crore and 3 crore per seat. Seats under convenor and MQ-I categories were considered cheaper compared to other quotas like MQ-2, NRI and institutional quotas. In the past few years, the aggrieved students had demanded CBI probe into such incidents of seat-blocking ‘because they are not stray incidents and are in fact part of a huge scam’.
The bench was dealing with a petition filed by Dr Ganta Satvika Reddy, who had completed MBBS from Osmania Medical College in 2019 and appeared for NEET-PG entrance exam in 2021-2022. She had secured 25,948 rank. She opted for MD Dermatology seat at MediCiti Medical College in Hyderabad.
A student who had already secured a seat at Mamatha Medical College , Khammam, under convenor quota, blocked the seat and, as a result, Satvika could not get a seat at MediCiti.
The bench summoned the record, examined the issue and found out shocking things. The role of university officials was visible as the student who had already joined a PG course at Mamatha Medical College cannot participate in the subsequent and stray rounds of counselling without permission from the university. There is a system called free exit. That was also not followed.
The bench saw through the game plan and sought explanation from the university. They apologized to the court through state’s special counsel Sanjeev Kumar and assured the court that they would punish the blocker. They said the petitioner got a seat at MNR College. The petitioner wants to leave that college and insisted on getting a seat at MediCiti college.
Dharmesh Jaiswal, the counsel for Satvika Reddy, said that no punishment was awarded to the blocker because the authorities were hand in glove. The bench directed NMC and university to allot Satvika a PG seat in dermatology in MediCiti College.